swhy do my chickens eat feathers?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by woolychicken, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. woolychicken

    woolychicken Songster

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    i have 23 laying hens and sometimes i see one or two of them pulling a feather out of another chicken then eating it . they have lots of room to run and are sometime set out to run the pasture.i give then scratch , lots of water,laying mash, veggies from the garden, cooked oatmeal, and any other left overs:cd fit for a chicken so whats up? need some info please no one is feather less. but do not like them doing that!!
     

  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    feather eating can mean low protein. Cut back on the scratch and add a source of protein and see if that helps.
     
  3. M To The Maxx

    M To The Maxx Baseball+Girls=Life

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  4. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

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    [​IMG] from UT! I'd say feather eating is due to boredom or low protein. Good luck!
     
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  6. Brick243

    Brick243 Songster

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    Probably low protein. [​IMG]
     
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Crowding is also an issue at times...
     
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    bargain Love God, Hubby & farm

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    Welcome to BYC from our small farm in West GA!
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    [​IMG] and [​IMG] from S. Florida! Glad you joined us!
     

  10. woolychicken

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    I Think Your Right About The Protein So What Can I Give Them ? Their Chicken Coop Is A 12x15 Room I Think That Is Big Enough For 24 Birds Is It? It Has Two Windows And A Large Door . Use To Be Where I Kept My Sheep I Moved Them Over To The Other Side Of The Barn So The Chickens Would Have More Room Hope It Big Enough:/
     
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